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Insomniac has announced its newest project, an undersea exploration game called Song of the Deep. Modeled after games like Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the game has a more “indie” aesthetic than most projects we’ve seen from Insomniac.
The new project finds a girl named Merryn on a quest to find the whereabouts of her missing fishermen father. To track him down, she sets out from her home in the western Irish seaside of County Clare, and builds a ramshackle submarine to delve into the Atlantic.
Song of the Deep includes combat against undersea mythical creatures and ancient automatons, as well as puzzle solving. Like any game of this ilk, it also puts a big focus on acquiring upgrades that in turn open up passage to other areas of the game world.
What we’ve seen of the game mixes a fantastical underwater world with a serene and lonely musical score. Merryn’s submarine offers lots of opportunities for interesting interactions with the game world, and we also saw a few sequences in which Merryn exits her vehicle to confront the underwater world on her own.
Insomniac is pursuing a new publishing model for Song of the Deep, with distribution and publishing help from GameStop. When the game releases later this spring, it will be available digitally on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam, while physical copies of the game will be available exclusively through GameStop. According to a release from Insomniac, GameStop is providing marketing support for Song of the Deep, but is no way involved in the creative process.
We have additional details about the game in our March issue of Game Informer, which will be available in the coming days. In the meantime, get a taste of Song of the Deep from the reveal trailer below.
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